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    m1ks reacted to AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    I still have a couple in the "to do" pile, I'll no doubt post pictures when I get a chance to look at them.
    They are great fun to work with, and with quite a number of suitable franken-dialed potential parts donors regularly turning up on ebay, they generally fix up quite easily.
    I would say they are probably one of the best value mechanical watches out there. Well designed, owing to their Citizen heritage, well built with Indian flair and Citizen quality control, easy to service and most importantly perhaps, almost indestructible.
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    m1ks got a reaction from ryhj in Opening Raketa   
    You need a case back opener that fits the notches to unscrew the case back ring.
    This lifts away separate to the case back which sits on a wide flat rubber washer and is located by a tang.
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    m1ks got a reaction from VWatchie in Opening Raketa   
    You need a case back opener that fits the notches to unscrew the case back ring.
    This lifts away separate to the case back which sits on a wide flat rubber washer and is located by a tang.
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    m1ks reacted to AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Very nice. I have a Kohinoor of a similar design on its way to me.

    I've got a fair few HMTs now, so I will need to do a quick feature on them when I get a chance. As some of you might have noticed I have a little bit of a soft spot for them.
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    m1ks got a reaction from AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    A nice little HMT Rajat automatic today.
     

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    m1ks reacted to AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Allya need is love... and perhaps a little lubrication... and maybe another 15 or so jewels. 

    This late '70s wonder joined my current favorite in the 404 club on my wrist this evening. As well as a good clean and some light lubrication it required a little gentle hairspring massage to flatten out a rather obviously bit of conical contortion.
    Despite having more fingerprints in it when it arrived than jewels (at least three of the former and only two of the latter), its Hong Kong heart is now ticking along quite nicely.  
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    m1ks got a reaction from Pip in 3D Printing   
    I've made a few watch tools which are available on my thingiverse here.
    Simple design movement holders which I like as they're easy to make in online cad software to whatever size you require and hold the movements firmly and no risk of marking them or other damage.
    https://www.thingiverse.com/m1ks/designs
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    m1ks got a reaction from AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Big n chunky on the wrist today.
    'Parniserai' homage with seagull movement.
     

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    m1ks got a reaction from jdm in Damaged screw head   
    Being plastic it shouldn't be overly tight. You can try using a flat blade driver with a sharp edge to help provide the grip on the edges as you loosen.
    If it won't budge at all then carefully and slowly grind the had with a dremel. This will leave a stub protruding once the back is removed which should come out easily.
    In assuming you've loosened the other screws and confirmed it is screwed down and they're not moulded in cosmetic heads?
    This often happens with fashion watches and they're a pop off case back.
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    m1ks got a reaction from ro63rto in Watch of Today   
    Haha noooooooo, most assuredly a Parniserai 
    A beautifully built homage and I might have taken slight liberties making a portmanteau of the respective mfrs names. 
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    m1ks reacted to HSL in ETA Resources   
    Just thought I should post some links here from ETA Costumer support. They are quite informative and gives you something to do on a rainy summer day.

    The first one is to their Dictionary, here you can find all their definitions and even how things works, like the escapement and so on.

    https://www.eta.ch/dictionary/dictionary.html
    The other ones are movement specific

    ETA 2892A2
    https://www.eta.ch/swisslab/2892a2/2892a2.html
    ETA 7750
    https://www.eta.ch/swisslab/7750/7750.html
    ETA 6497
    https://www.eta.ch/swisslab/6497/6947.html
    ETA 251.471
    https://www.eta.ch/swisslab/251471/251471.html

    When you go there the first time you probably need to get flash.. look up in the left corner.
    After loading it is just to start exploring the information.

     

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    m1ks reacted to rduckwor in Helm Komodo Microbrand review   
    I have two Helm watches and they are very well made.  I passed on the Komodo due to it's size. (40MM is small for me.)  I did ask Mark Helm if he had plans for a larger version.  He has always been responsive to emails.
     
    RMD


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    m1ks got a reaction from rduckwor in Helm Komodo Microbrand review   
    Having recently ordered and recceived my Komodo, (a Seiko NH35 powered microbrand diver), I did a review video as I was very impressed with the quality of it.
    I can also say the communication from Helm is exemplary, to the point they have, a short while ago mailed regarding my comments on the bracelet / strap fitted at packaging in the video, I'm waiting on another microbrand I ordered on a Kickstarter which is supposed to be due to ship very soon and have to say, the updates on the progress are very sparse compared to the sale adverts that keep appearing so far so this one is a very pleasant change.
    Link here for anyone interested, thanks.

    Mike
     
     
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    m1ks got a reaction from Pip in CousinsUK.com and their return policy   
    Absolutely, but as per my comment, when I've taken all the relevant measurements and asked if they can confirm that the new part is the same dimensionally and I'm willing to take the chance if I'm happy enough it'll fit because that'll be my choice it shouldn't be beyond the capabilities of the staff to have a rough measure.
    Ultimately it could have cost them a sale because I wasn't going to risk it with zero info whereas with 'some' even a guesstimation I would.
    As it happens I did after the reply from Bergeon.
    I've no quibbles about their service otherwise, it's excellent.
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    m1ks got a reaction from VWatchie in Technique question - Working on back side when dial and hands attached   
    Slightly fast is not 30 minutes or 1 hour.
    I stand by my opinion that it's bad practise and I will advise anyone that generally speaking it is bad practise.
    Like telling someone you can shut a PC down by unplugging the socket, sure you can and it 'might' be OK but it 'might cause damage.
    Why drive the train, escape wheel and pallet fork backwards and cause a backlash in your balance wheel and risk your impulse jewel and pivots.
    Train and escape wheel pivots were damaged respectively in the previous mentioned post, admittedly they were less sturdy and less solidly constructed cheap Chinese movements but....
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    m1ks got a reaction from rogart63 in Technique question - Working on back side when dial and hands attached   
    This would be an incredibly easy 3D print. It would need to be measured movement specific and you'd have to melt in a pin or similar for the setting lever release but very much like the 3D printed movement holders I design for myself.
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    m1ks got a reaction from VWatchie in Technique question - Working on back side when dial and hands attached   
    I'd suggest, knowing how hand setting works, friction slippage of the cannon pinion via the keyless works it would be logical to say it's a risk unless you have an urgent need to turn the hands in reverse then don't, I tell people it's bad practise and I do know people who've damaged watches by doing so harshly.
    Even referencing this.
    Specifically the 'secondly' part, if you can stop and make a movement run backwards you know that can't be good, it's simply not designed to do that.
    The 'first' point however is valid when done carefully and something I use with non hacking movements as I'm pernickety with time setting.
    Vostok are a bugbear because their instruction manuals tell you to use the back and forth 'quick date setting' shortcut but, yet again. I've known people with Vostok watches damage them by doing this. (Typically it's when done roughly or snapping from forward to back) but better not to do it I think.
     
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    m1ks reacted to AndyHull in Give away   
    .. or maybe you are meant to print your own instructions and place them inside,  using the current contents ground down to make ink, and stamped on the paper of your choosing with the Dura Type letters.
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    m1ks got a reaction from Johnnie in Watch of Today   
    Lovely Rajat right there Andy.
    On the Yellow theme. I've shown this one before but this one accompanied me as a second watch for my summer hols with my son.
     

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    m1ks got a reaction from VWatchie in Vostok 2409 Service Walkthrough   
    Thank you, I wondered if there was a reason not to as your walk through didn't show it. I would have without a guide to specify where oiling points were but often you find there's a good reason not to.
     
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    m1ks got a reaction from Moose in National Watch Cleaning Machine. Restoration and repair.   
    Will throw some pics in here as soon as I get it. 
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    m1ks got a reaction from Moose in National Watch Cleaning Machine. Restoration and repair.   
    No problem. I'll get some pics and if there's anything specifically you want to see in detail let me know.
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    m1ks got a reaction from Moose in National Watch Cleaning Machine. Restoration and repair.   
    That's a shame, I'm planning to 'heath robinson' some dividers for my main basket, probably from good old poundland tea strainer mesh because it's the only thing on the machine in not overly happy about. One large open basket for the heavy bits to roll around in.
    The current idea is a straightforward cross piece or 3 sectional which will simply drop in. Hopefully it will be adequate enough for separating parts and stopping them bashing each other.
    Cleaner and rinse first though and recover from my holiday break before deciding which practise movement gets the first try.
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    m1ks reacted to Moose in National Watch Cleaning Machine. Restoration and repair.   
    That sounds like a good idea. I have a very fine mesh colander which is big enough to get quite a bit of mesh material from to fashion dividers.
    But, I also fancy a bit of a challenge. Once I get moved I will see if I can manufacture a shaft. I have a mate with a lathe and I’m sure he would let me loose on it for the usual “consideration”. It also depends if I can get together the Elma bits at a lot less money than they seem to be advertised for. On the plus side, I already have the basket holder...
    But, it will have to wait till the move is over with and I’m settled again.
    So I’m keeping my eyes open in the meantime. And, my wife’s colander may well bite the dust in the meantime.
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    m1ks got a reaction from AndyHull in Watch of Today   
    Lovely Rajat right there Andy.
    On the Yellow theme. I've shown this one before but this one accompanied me as a second watch for my summer hols with my son.
     

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